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Melisa Franzen
Melissa Franzen.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 49
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Melisa Franzen is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 49. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Franzen served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation and Public Safety


Campaign themes


Franzen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "I will work to stop the erosion of our education system by promoting innovation, strengthening science and technology education, and working together with teachers and the community so that every child can achieve his or her full potential."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I will support start-ups and entrepreneurs so they thrive in Minnesota. We must implement a simplified, transparent tax code and streamline the regulatory environment so that business can invest in Minnesota with confidence and predictability. "

Budget and Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I will work for a budget that is balanced and sustainable over the long-term. I will also work to repair our complicated tax system."

Southwest Light Rail Transit

  • Excerpt: "I support the development of the Southwest Light Rail Transit corridor. Light Rail is projected to create 60,000 new jobs along the corridor. The project has a broad base of support in the business community and by five local chambers of commerce."


  • Excerpt: "I will work to move forward an implementation that puts the health and well-being of Minnesotans first. Access to affordable and quality health care, and cost-containment will be my focus."

Election history


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Franzen won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 49. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Keith Downey (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelisa Franzen 52.8% 26,893
     Republican Keith Downey 47.2% 24,045
Total Votes 50,938

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Franzen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Franzen raised a total of $114,622 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

Melisa Franzen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 49 Won $114,622
Grand Total Raised $114,622


Franzen won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Franzen raised a total of $114,622.


Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[5]


Franzen received a score of 15% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 29th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Benson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 49
2013- present
Succeeded by